Members of the British Olympic Sailing Team Open the Southampton International Boat Show 2021.
FRIDAY 10 SEPTEMBER: Southampton International Boat Show, Britain’s biggest festival of boating, returned today with athletes from the British Sailing Team fresh from Tokyo 2020 opening the show in style!
Situated against the stunning backdrop of Europe’s largest, purpose-built marina, the much-loved show returned to the shores of the Solent after a hiatus, making the biggest splash ever.
Crowds descended in the September sunshine with former Made in Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo spotted taking to the water on a jet ski and being served Champagne from the waterside by professional fly boarder James Prestwood, shortly before she captured a selfie on the Solent with the Olympic heroes from the Great Britain Sailing Team.
The 52nd edition of the show sees the addition of five brand new zones tailored to life in, on and around the water including Watersports, Dinghy, Classic & Day Boat along with On The Water and Festival Green – perfect for relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere.
Opening day visitors were able to explore five brand new zones encouraging everyone to enjoy life in, on and around the water. Newbies and seasoned enthusiasts alike took to the water on kayaks, paddle boards and RIBS and explored exciting interactive features giving them a chance to sample life on the water!
The new Festival Green hosted live music while guests enjoyed tucking into an array of delicious sea food, cocktails and light refreshments.
As well as getting people out on the water who may not usually have the opportunity, this year’s Show focuses on accessibility helping visitors to dip their toe in the water for the first time, or perhaps develop an existing passion. Whether you’re a water sports enthusiast, boating beginner, or a seasoned pro, there is something for everyone.
CEO of British Marine Lesley Robinson says, “We have seen an incredible turnout for the opening of our 2021 show and we are so excited for people to join us in our brand-new dedicated zones tailored to different sectors of the industry. This year we expect to welcome thousands of people to Mayflower Park and we hope to get 14,000 visitors out on the water”
DATES: FRIDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2021 – SUNDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2021
TIMES: 9.30AM – 6:30PM EACH DAY, EXCEPT 9.30AM – 6PM ON SUNDAY 19 SEPTEMBER
LOCATION: MAYFLOWER PARK, SOUTHAMPTON
**To gain entry to the show, please note that all visitors will be required to provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test taken within the 48 hours prior to show arrival. This applies to all visitors, regardless of vaccination and immunity status**